Disco and Dystopia

With regard to Sam’s remarks on my previous post of a disco Walpurgisnacht, where we saw disco music as antithetical to Gothic, I was just reminded of this. It’s a dystopian Dr Moreau-like fantasy of science going wrong and mutating nature. There’s a strange tension between the hedonistic dance aspect of disco and often very serious themes. The lyrics to this were written by the post-punk musician Lene Lovich.

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6 Responses to Disco and Dystopia

  1. firekrank says:

    This is amazing. I love a little horror in with my pop/ disco.

  2. Lucy Northenra says:

    Can’t see any references to when this was made – kind of creepy on the theme of animal/human hybrids. Fits quite well with CoW!

    • William the Bloody says:

      1977, Sam. It shares something with Goldfrapp’s wonderful song ‘Utopia’, which is also about genetic engineering.
      Do you remember the MA essay I did on cosmetics? I used some of the lyrics as an epigram!

      • firekrank says:

        I love Goldfrapp. I may now have to go home and listen to some. I saw them live at Sheffield and they were amazing.

        • William the Bloody says:

          I love them, too, Kaja–intensely! I saw them not so long ago in Manchester in a beautiful venue with a string orchestra–they were fabulous.

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